Businesses evacuated after explosion in Savannah

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - An explosion in underground electrical cables blew off manhole covers and started several fires in downtown Savannah this morning, prompting police to evacuate several businesses.

Police said no injuries were immediately reported.

Department spokesman Gene Harley said police received calls around 8:49 a.m. reporting that manhole covers had been blown off at the an intersection in the heart of the downtown district. About an hour later, firefighters had put out three separate fires where the covers blew off.

Georgia Power spokesman Jeff Wilson said what caused the explosion in the utility's cable network was not immediately clear. He said it could take several hours for crews to get underground to begin investigating what happened.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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